The only true win for the Lakers on Thursday night in Milwaukee against the Bucks was a loss.
Already out of the playoffs, the Lakers hurt their draft position with back-to-back wins over the
The Lakers are still within range of the
Former Lakers guard
The Lakers played without
The Lakers shot 49.4% from the field and 33.3% from three-point range. Both teams turned the ball over at a high rate with 20 from the Lakers and 19 from the Bucks.
With just 11 games left to play, the Lakers travel to Minnesota to play the
The Bucks (13-59) host the
The Bucks extended their lead in the third quarter to five points, continuing to shoot a stellar percentage from the field at 62.7%.
The Lakers' offense was also efficient from the field at 52.4%, although the 18 turnovers in 36 minutes might suggest otherwise.
The Bucks shot 25 free throw attempts to the Lakers' 14 while the Lakers had a 29-20 rebounding advantage.
The Bucks shot 60.6% in the first half against the Lakers, taking a two-point lead at the half.
The Lakers shot 50% from the field but turned the ball over 13 times. Milwaukee had 12 turnovers but took 15 free throws to the Lakers' seven.
The Bucks jumped out to an early 15-7 lead but it didn't last. The Lakers quickly responded with a 21-4 run, to climb ahead by nine points.
By the end of the first, the Lakers held onto a four-point lead.
The Bucks were led by
The Lakers shot 56.5% but turned the ball over eight times. Milwaukee had seven turnovers.
The Lakers (24-46) visit the Milwaukee Bucks (13-58) on Thursday night.
The Bucks have lost eight-straight games while the Lakers have two victories in a row.
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